Multidisciplinary Conference: New Perspectives on the First World War November 10-12, 2014

Multidisciplinary Conference:
New Perspectives on the
First World War
November 10-12, 2014
Beit Maiersdorf, Room 405
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mt. Scopus
Monday, 10.11.2014
Panel 1: The Sources and Origins of the War
Chair: Timea Spitka
Ariel Kabiri (Haifa University), “Was 1914 Inevitable? The TechnologicalIdeational Nexus, 1860-1914”
Steven E. Lobell (University of Utah), “The Causes of World War I: Power,
Perceptions, and Domestic Politics”
Moshe Zimmermann (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “The World of
Tomorrow in the World of Yesterday”
Coffee Break
16:00-17:30 Panel 2: Technological Revolutions of Warfare
Chair: Deganit Paikowsky
Eitan Barak (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “The Revolution that
Never Was: Myths and Realities in the World War I Chemical Warfare Legacy”
Yigal Sheffi (Tel Hai College / Tel Aviv University), “Gas! Gas! – The
Introduction and Heritage of Chemical Warfare”
Nachman Ben Yehuda (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Submarine
Coffee Break
Welcome greetings
Keynote Address: Jörn ‎Leonhard (University of Freiburg)
Chair: Ruth Fine
Dinner (by invitation), “The Eucalyptus” Jerusalem.
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Tuesday, 11.11.2014
9:00-10:30 Panel 3: The Peace Movements and the War
Chair: Ariel Zellman
David Barak-Gorodetsky (Haifa University), “A Sense of Mission": The
Religious Underpinnings of JL Magnes's Pacifism during World War I”
Hanoch Gutfreund (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “The Positions of
Albert Einstein and Max Planck during World War I and After”
Lior Lehrs (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “A Private Peace Initiative at
the Last Minute: Albert Ballin's Mediation Efforts between Germany and
England, 1908-1914”
Iveta Leitane (Marburg Archive "Kant and Enlightenment"), “Russian Jewish
Anarchism as an Answer on World War I”
Coffee Break
10:45-12:15 Panel 4: The War, the Politicization of Anti-Semitism, and Jewish
Chair: Guy Miron
Stuart A. Cohen (Ashkelon Academic College), “"War is Different":How World
War I Transformed Traditional Jewish Attitudes to Military Activity”
Avi-Ram Tzoreff (Ben Gurion University of the Negev), “Jewry, Femininity and
Anti-colonialism in the Writings of R. Binyamin during the First World War”
Robert Wistrich (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “The Radicalization of
Antisemitism at the End of World War I”
Coffee Break
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Tuesday, 11.11.2014
12:45-14:15 Panel 5: Jerusalem, the Holy Land and the War
Chair: Tal Shenhav
Yeliz Baloglu Cengay (Brandeis University), “Jewish Participation on the
Palestinian Front during the World War I: The Case of NILI”
Justin Fantauzzo (University of Cambridge), “The World’s City: The
International Response to Jerusalem’s Capture”
Dzmitry Shavialiou (Belarusian State University), “Sir Arthur Henry McMahon
as a Diplomat: Reverting to the McMahon Line, the McMahon Letters and the
Paris Peace Conference”
14:15-15:15 Lunch
15:15-16:45 Panel 6: War and Gender
Chair: Ruth Roded
Meir Chazan (Tel Aviv University), “A Lost Battle: Women Volunteers for the
Jewish Legion in 1918”
Pnina Geraldine Abir-Am (Brandeis University), “World War I and the Dual
Emancipation of Women Scientists at Cambridge University”
Liat Kozma (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Soldiers and Prostitutes:
A Challenge of the Post-war Middle East”
Coffee Break
17:15-18:15 Panel 7: Main Lecture - Erez Manela (Harvard University)
Chair: Ofer Ashkenazi
18:30-19:45 Cocktails
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Wednesday, 12.11.2014
10:00-11:30 Panel 8: Tsarist Russia and the Communist Revolution
Chair: Samuel Barnai
Dmitry V. Shlapentokh (Indiana University), “World War I and the Birth of
Russian Eurasianism”
Boris I. Kolonitskii (European University at St. Petersburg), “Russian Culture
in the World War 1 and Cultural Memory of War in Russia”
Baruch Ben Neria (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Jews in the
Russian Army to 1914”
Coffee Break
12:00-13:30 Panel 9: Ottoman Societies and WWI: Social, Cultural and Military
Chair: Liat Kozma
Eyal Gineo (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “'Landscapes of Modernity
and Order: War and Propaganda in Ottoman Writing during World War I”
Prof. Ayhan Aktar (Bilgi University), “Propaganda Tour Organized by Djemal
Pasha: Arab Literati’s Visit to Gallipoli Front, 18-23 October 1915”
Dr. Ozan Arslan (Izmir University of Economics), “An Imperial Sideshow, the
Caucasian Front and the Ottomano-Romanov Clash in the Near East, 19141917”
Prof. Martin Strohmeier (University of Cyprus), “Siege and Surrender,
Desertions and Diseases: Medina in World War I”
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-16:00 Panel 11: International Relations in the Aftermath of World War One
Chair: Cameron S. Brown
Gerald M. Steinberg (Bar Ilan University), “The End of European Realism:
World War I and the Perception of International Conflict”
Chen Kertcher (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “The Invention of
International Forces after the First World War”
Sharon Gordon (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Ahead of its’ Time:
Keynes, the Amsterdam Meetings and the Monetary Consequences of War”
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Wednesday, 12.11.14
Coffee Break
Panel 10: The Road to Fascism and Nazism
Chair: Roee Kibrik
Grzegorz Krzywiec (Polish Academy of Science), “The Polish Nationalism, the
International Jew and Crusade for New Global Order”
Shlomo Aronson (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “Adolf Hitler and the
Great War”
Patrick Anthony Cavaliere (Laurentian University, Canada), “The Italian
Magistracy from the Great War to the Rise of Fascism: Political Criminal
Justice and the Concept of the Personality of the State”
Irit Katzor (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), “The Rise of the
Lebensphilosophie in Germany after World War I”
During the conference The Harry S. Truman Research Institute
for the Advancement of Peace Library will conduct guided
presentations of the F. J. Salomon Collection of rare books
that includes over 240 books about World War I.
This unique collection of 1st edition books were published in
the 1920s-1940s.
Marc I. Sherman, the Institute’s librarian can be contacted at
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We would like to thank the following departments and institutes
at the Hebrew University for their generous support:
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